Grantham hosted Grimsby at Gorse Lane on Saturday and it was a very important game in the context of the season with both sides hovering around the relegation zone. Although Grantham were 15 points ahead of Grimsby, a win would give them a bit of breathing room as the seasons builds to a climax. Grimsby won the toss and decided to bat. Grimsby came out firing, chancing their arms at any width offered by the Grantham bowlers. Connor Hawkins smashed 71 off as many balls and Michael Brown scored 69 at a canter. Grantham lacked discipline throughout the innings which was disappointing for a side that has been improving steadily since the start of the season. Joe Peck picked up his third 5-wicket haul of the season, finishing with figures of 5-49. The fielding errors would ultimately cost Grantham 30 runs in the first innings and this made the total score of 238 a big ask for the batters.
Grimsby were not so generous with their fielding throughout the innings and Grantham’s top order had to work hard for every run. Karanjit and Dan Webb were dismissed as the score passed 50, but a 65 run partnership between Josh Mihill (28) and newcomer Daniel Freeman (56) put Grantham back in the running. Captain Rohan Nurse scored 56 in 47 balls but was eventually run out by a smart piece of fielding from David Carr. From that point Grantham were always just off the run rate and eventually finished the innings 11 runs short having lost 8 wickets. The draw closed the gap between the two sides by 4 points but Grantham will be disappointed to have missed out at home. Especially as the travel to 2nd place in the league, Woodhall Spa next week.